From the comments regarding Big Publishing:
It doesn’t make sense to me. What will it take before those authors start biting the hand that’s picking their pocket?
Some of them never will stop. Some writers crave the illusion of “legitimacy” conferred upon them by being “chosen” by a publisher. To some of them, it matters far more than being paid a fair wage for the work they do.
Did you see Malcolm Gladwell’s article in the NYT? The poor schlub thinks he’s a partner.
It’s sort of heartbreaking when your partner turns on you.
Apparently, Gladwell doesn’t get the difference between something affecting you and something being directed at you.
The Amazon/Hachette dispute has nothing to do with authors. I’m still trying to figure out what makes some authors think that they’re any different than contractors in other industries. I can’t recall the last time I saw employees of a company (especially one with such a history of screwing people) mobilize to talk so much smack about the other side in a negotiation.
It ain’t about you, guys.
Incidentally, that interview is a masterclass in self-importance. I’m almost impressed by the ego on Gladwell.
Just proves that even really smart guys can be really, really dumb. I own all of Gladwell’s books. I bought them used because they were too expensive.
That was a wonderful article, Jaye. I needed a laugh this morning.
Gladwell really thinks he is one of Amazon’s biggest assets? At first, I thought that maybe NYT was confused about what retailer they were talking about. Maybe it was a smaller books-only outlet? But even substituting Powell’s for Amazon still doesn’t help.
Gladwell, I think the vast majority of folks working at Amazon don’t even know who you are, but don’t feel bad, its the same way over at Hatchette.
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